Jacobs School of Music
Music instruction at Indiana University dates from the year 1893, but it was not until 1910 that a Department of Music offering music for credit was officially organized, with Charles D. Campbell as head. In 1919 Barzille Winfred Merrill was appointed head of the department and, in 1921, dean of the newly established School of Music. He was succeeded in 1938 by Dean Robert L. Sanders. In 1947 the appointment of Wilfred C. Bain as dean marked the beginning of a period of rapid growth and expansion. Under the 24-year leadership of Dean Charles H. Webb beginning in 1973, the School of Music continued its development and commitment to excellence. David G. Woods was appointed to the deanship in 1997, followed by the appointment of Dean Gwyn Richards in 2001. In the fall of 2005, the School of Music was named the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in recognition of a major gift received in honor of Barbara and David H. Jacobs of Cleveland. Today the Jacobs School of Music is recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind.
The mission of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is to provide distinguished instruction and outstanding opportunities for performance, composition, research, and teacher training for music majors and non–music majors. These opportunities are designed to meet the following purposes within the framework of Indiana University:
The Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature, sponsored jointly by the Jacobs School of Music and the Office of Research and the University Graduate School, provides a home for such international projects as the Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum, a five-million-word online database of Latin music theory ranging from the time of Augustine through the sixteenth century; Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology and DDM-Online; saggi musicali italiani, an online database of Italian music theory; Greek and Latin Music Theory, a monograph series of critical texts and translations; and other projects. Information on current CHMTL activities is available at www.music.indiana.edu/chmtl.
The William and Gayle Cook Music Library spans four floors of the Beth Meshulam Simon Library and Recital Center. With more than 662,000 cataloged items, it is recognized as one of the largest music libraries in the United States. The collection is strong in first or early editions, especially of opera; music theory treatises; and Russian/Soviet music. Also notable are the Black Music Collection and the Latin American Music Collection. The Performing Ensembles collection contains more than 218,000 parts, virtually all the standard orchestral and choral repertoire. Of the more than 150,000 cataloged sound recordings, many are unique or rare in the United States, particularly opera and songs. The ongoing “Variations” project has digitized more than 13,000 sound recordings and scores. Of the 170 public computers (Windows and Macintosh) in the library, more than 100 have MIDI keyboards, all with associated music software. Further information is available at www.music.indiana.edu/muslib.html.
The Society of the Friends of Music of Indiana University is an organization of people of wide-ranging occupations who support the excellence of the Jacobs School of Music through scholarships and other activities.
Specific and up-to-date information on Jacobs School of Music procedures is available from the music undergraduate and graduate offices or other appropriate offices of the school. Current regulations and procedures appear in the ‘‘Regulations and Procedures’’ section of this bulletin. See also www.music.indiana.edu.
Students in the Jacobs School of Music should note that, in addition to the fees listed in the schedule at the end of this bulletin, there are special fees that may be applicable, including fees for music performance study, music program fees, recital scheduling and programs, rental instruments, late enrollment, accompanists, special examinations, and other items.
Students who can demonstrate knowledge or skills in the area of specific courses may receive credit by examination.
All undergraduate and graduate degree students, diploma students, visiting students, and nondegree music students (except students accepted for certain doctoral programs or B.M.E. majors in their student-teaching semester) must register for and achieve a passing grade in a major ensemble each fall semester, spring semester, or second summer session in which they are registered for any music or nonmusic credit hours. Major ensembles are indicated as X0— (2 cr.). Students may request placement in a particular ensemble, but final placement will be made by the faculty.
Students with a learning disability, hearing impairment, speech impairment, or any other disability that may affect their ability to fulfill a requirement of the Jacobs School of Music should contact Disability Services for Students at (812) 855-7578 before registering. Requirements will not be waived for students with disabilities; however, some modifications can be made within specific courses.
Students have a threefold responsibility: (1) to know and satisfy the graduation requirements stated in the Jacobs School of Music Bulletin; (2) to know their academic standing based on the academic standards stated in the Jacobs School of Music Bulletin; and (3) to know and observe all regulations and academic calendar deadlines as stated on the registrar’s Web site at www. registrar.indiana.edu, in the Jacobs School of Music Bulletin, and in the student handbooks. Faculty and staff advisors assist students in planning a program of study to meet degree requirements, but students are responsible for meeting all requirements for their respective degrees and all announced deadlines.